How Airbnb uses machine learning to detect host preferences

At Airbnb we seek to match people who are looking for accommodation – guests — with those looking to rent out their place – hosts. Guests reach out to hosts whose listings they wish to stay in, however a match succeeds only if the host also wants to accommodate the guest.

I first heard about Airbnb in 2012 from a friend. He offered his nice apartment on the site when he traveled to see his family during our vacations from grad school. His main goal was to fit as many booked nights as possible into the 1-2 weeks when he was away. My friend would accept or reject requests depending on whether or not the request would help him to maximize his occupancy.

Author: Bar Ifrach

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